This classic album was recorded in Detroit during August & September 1969. It was released in the USA on the Sussex label in March 1970.
USA: March 1970, Sussex [SXBS 7000]
South Africa: 1971, A&M [AMLS 67000]
South Africa: 1974, United Artists [SXBS 7000]
Australia: 1978, Blue Goose Music [BGM 002]
New Zealand: 1978, Interfusion [L34226]
South Africa: 1991, Teal Trutone [KVL 5109]
USA: August 2008, Light In The Attic [LITA036] remastered
USA & Europe: August 2019, Universal Music  remastered
South Africa: 1973, A&M [CXBS 7000]
South Africa: 1991, Teal Trutone [KVC 5109]
South Africa: mid-90s, Teal Trutone [MMTC 1846]
Australia: 1986, BMG Arista [BGM 002]
South Africa: late 80s, RPM [ICSXBS7000]
South Africa: 1991, Teal Trutone [200 014-2]
Australia: 1993, RCA Victor [VPCD 6745]
South Africa: mid-90s, Teal Trutone [MMTCD 1846]
South Africa: 2002, PT Music [CDA DTA 7000]
South Africa: 2005, PT Music [CDA DTA 7000] remastered
USA: August 2008, Light In The Attic [LITA036] remastered
South Africa: December 2012, Sony [CDSM552]
Billboard March 28, 1970
'COLD FACT' LP in 2 page Buddah ad
Words from the city.
Hard words on a new label with a totally different trip.
Page one, Billboard April 4, 1970
'Buddah Records Adding 3 New Labels'
Sussex is a new label launched through a deal with Clarence Avant.
First release is "Rodriguez--COLD FACT."
Production was by Michael Theodore and Dennis Coffey.
Billboard April 18, 1970
'COLD FACT' LP
4 Star Review
Billboard May 2, 1970
'COLD FACT' LP Listed as a New Album Release
Sussex Records operated from Hollywood, and was first distributed by Buddah Records. The first album from Sussex was Cold Fact with catalogue number SXBS 7000. 400 copies were also imported into Australia in 1970 by Festival Records.
In 1971 the album was released in South Africa by A&M Records, who were now the owners of the Sussex label. Catalogue number changed to AMLS 67000. (SXBS 7000 & SXBS.8056 [side 1] and SXBS.8057 [side 2] also appear on actual disc). The 1973 South African cassette has the number CXBS 7000. In 1974 United Artists got involved somehow and re-issued Cold Fact in SA on Sussex with the old catalogue number SXBS 7000.
In 1976, several thousand copies of Cold Fact were found in a New York warehouse and sold out in Australia in a few weeks. It went to #23 on the Australian album charts, staying on the charts for 55 weeks!! Blue Goose Music through RCA in Australia released Cold Fact in May 1978 with cat. number BGM 002. It was re-issued in 1986 by BMG Arista (Ariola) with the same number.
New Zealand: I have 'At his best' as well as 'Cold Fact'. Both are virtually in mint condition as I've maybe played them 3 or 4 times between the both of them. They are distributed by Festival records in New Zealand. 'At his best' 1977, Interfusion, L 36338 and 'Cold Fact' 1978, Interfusion, L34226, SMX 38229 (SXBS-7000), 1978 A&M RECORDS, Sussex... Licensed by Blue Goose Music Pty Ltd. Both distributed by Festival Records (NZ) Ltd Auckland
- Cliff, New Zealand, August 2000
Hail the dawn of the CD age!
Sometime in the late 80s, RPM in South Africa released a limited edition CD with catalogue number ICSXBS7000. Not sure if any cassettes were released.
In April 1991 Teal Trutone in South Africa re-issued the album across all the then current formats: CD, LP & Cassette. Catalogue number on the CD is 200 014-2. Also available on LP (KVL 5109) and MC (KVC 5109) says the back cover of the CD.
A orange circle was added to the CD cover, containing the words "featuring the hits: I Wonder, Sugar Man, Inner City Blues".
The album was re-released in SA in the mid-90s with new catalogue numbers: MMTC 1846 (cassette) and MMTCD 1846 (CD). Etched onto the centre of the CD is this inscription: "KVCD 5109, Made in UK". Look closely!
Cold Fact was awarded a platinum disc in South Africa on the 9th March 1998, for in excess of 50 000 units of the CD sold. The actual figure is probably far higher.
...approximately 60 000 units sold in the last five years...
- Craig Bartholomew, October 1997
In 1993 RCA Victor in Australia released the album with catalogue number VPCD 6745.
Cold Fact is 5 x Platinum in Australia with over 100 000 units sold.
- Zev Eizik, March 1998
Copies of Cold Fact and At His Best are readily available through any good music store in Australia. Copies of his albums are available on vinyl through second hand dealers. Cold Fact and At His Best are the most common, although it is possible to find Coming From Reality.
- Anna Gerber, Australia, February 1998
Did you know that a mint copy of either of the Rodriguez LPs is fetching between £40 and £50 in London on the second-hand market? According to one trader in the Portobello Road in London, about one customer each week is enquiring about Rodriguez and his music. The Man is certainly growing in stature over here!
- Guy Flint, London, August 1998
In July 2002 Cold Fact was featured as a Buried Treasure in the August 2002 issue of Mojo.
In August 2002 PT Music re-released 'Cold Fact' in South Africa with catalogue number CDA DTA 7000. Terry Fairweather from PT Music and Bill Robb from Robb Graphics consulted the www.SugarMan.org website so all the errors in timing, track order, etc are now corrected. The marketing was done through TV channel SABC3, hence the inclusion of the SABC3 logo on the front cover.
The recent re-issue of the timeless classic 'Cold Fact' by Rodriguez is a dream-come-true for me. Let me explain; I first heard this album in the early 70s and it crept into my heart and soul and is still one of my top 10 albums of all-time. This album has been a friend through many ups and downs in my life and I always felt that "at least Rodriguez understands".
However, the various mistakes regarding the track listing, missing lyrics, track times and the lack of info about the recording and release dates and the musicians involved, always irritated me. The South African and Australian CD re-issues in the 90s never bothered to rectify these errors and omissions.
With this 2002 re-issue I was asked for my input, and Terry Fairweather from PT Music and Bill Robb from Robb Graphics allowed me the freedom to fix all the mistakes, as well as including one of my personal concert photographs from the 2001 tour. 'Cold Fact' album producer, Mike Theodore, provided some valuable info, as did Gary Harvey, co-composer of 2 songs on the album. Nils van der Linden let us use a shortened version of the biography he wrote for the special Rodriguez 60th birthday edition of the Digest (read Nils' sleeve notes). And Rodriguez, the original Sugar Man, supplied a quote or 2 and a signature.
Mint copies of 'Cold Fact' vinyl are selling on the collectors market for between £50 and £100! But if you can't afford that, then buy this CD at Sugar Music. And even if you already own a copy, buy it again, because this is the proper Rodriguez-endorsed and updated re-issue.
-- Brian Currin, SA Rock Digest #165, 5th August 2002
2005 Remastered Edition (South Africa)
In July 2005, Keith Forsyth of Digisol Masters remastered 'Cold Fact' and it was released by PT Music in South Africa. Confusingly the cover and catalogue number are the same as the 2002 re-issue.
2008 Remastered Re-issue (USA)
In August 2008, Cold Fact was re-issued on CD in the USA for the first time! Sugarman.org was involved in providing information for this release.
US label Light In The Attic re-issue Cold Fact:
CD + Digital:
North America: 19 Aug 2008
Outside North America/UK: 1 Sept 2008
UK: 8 Sept 2008
LP & 45:
Late Sept 2008
Recorded in Detroit in August & September 1969.
Arranged and produced by Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey.
Engineering by Mike Theodore at Tera-Shirma Studio - Detroit, Michigan.
Remix: Ray Hall at R.C.A. New York.
Photography: Ransier and Anderson
Cover design: Nancy Chester, See / Hear! & How!
There were no musicians credited on the original album sleeve, but Rodriguez & Mike Theodore have filled in the gaps...
Rodriguez: Vocals, acoustic guitar
Dennis Coffey: Electric guitar
Mike Theodore: Keyboards
Andrew Smith: Drums
Bob Pangborn: Percussion
Bob Babbitt: Bass
Brass and string arrangements: Mike Theodore
Detroit Symphony (Leader Gordon Staples): Strings
Horns - 3 trombones, baritone sax: Leader Carl Reatz
Childrens choir on "Gommorah": Friends & family of Joyce Vincent & Telma Hopkins
The children's choir were family of Joyce [Vincent] and Telma [Hopkins] (who later became Dawn). They did a lot of background singing for me in the early days.
-- Mike Theodore, October 2001
Dennis Coffey & Mike Theodore, 1966
Session guitarist Dennis Coffey was a dominantfigure in Detroit during the early '70s. He recorded fusion and jazz-rockfor Sussex, but gained more recognition doing dates with Marvin Gaye ( IWant You), R.J.'s Latest Arrival, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, andDavid Ruffin. Coffey landed a gold single with "Scorpio" in 1971,a tune that made the Top 10 on the R&B and pop charts. The follow-upsingle, "Taurus," also made the Top 20 as both an R&B andpop single. Coffey continued at Sussex until 1975, then switched to Westbound.He issued more singles and LPs as a performer, with "Wings Of Fire"becoming popular on the British jazz-funk scene in 1977. He formed andco-produced C.J. & Co that year, earning another hit with "Devil'sGun." During the '80s, Coffey produced an album for High Fashion andworked with Mike Theodore and Kashif. His most recent release was UnderThe Moonlight for Orpheus in 1990.
- Ron Wynn, The All-Music Guide
Comments (and Cold Facts):
COME GET IT I GOT IT Rodriguez's strange and beguiling 'Sugarman' is an out-and-out paean to a broad smorgasbord of controlled substances and the ache experienced whilst, ahem, waiting for the man. It is imbued with such a post-Vietnam atmosphere of lost innocence that it brings new heights to a certain brand of Californian wistful alienation. Rodriguez, what a dude you were/are!'Sugarman' was listed at number 34 in "The 100 Greatest Drug Songs Ever!" published in the December issue of Mojo.
Altogether now: "silver magic ships, jumpers, coke, sweet mary-jane". And a bag of doughnuts to the first person who can tell us what exactly is a "silver magic ship"?
-- 13 Amp Records, March 2002
I was interested to read that Jane S. Piddy was listed as Like Janis onCold Fact. On the albums in Australia, Jane S. Piddy is the ninthsong on the album, with timing listed as 2.38, and Like Janis is the lastsong on the album with a timing of 3.05. This is on both the LP and theCD. I always wondered why the spoken words, "Thanks for you time...etc"came before the last three songs, I thought it would have made more senseto include these words at the end of the album. Thanks, now I know thatthis was the way it was supposed to be.
- Anna Gerber, Australia, March 1998
The quote: "pig and hose to bust our game" from the song "Hate Street Dialogue", refers to the continual harassment of the hippy-subculture by the San Francisco police department on the Haight-Ashbury youth in 1967."Pig" was the referrel to the POLICE, and "hose" was in reference to the length of "garden-hose" used to beat the citizens into submission [usually in the confines of the police station. The title was changed in spelling from "Haight Street", to "Hate Street" to further emphasize that feeling of alienation, by both sides of the establishment, at that time.BLACK EYED SUSAN
- Gary W Harvey, June 2002
The name Jesus Rodriguez was used as a "political move" to avoid release delays. "Sixth Prince" (Rodriguez's birth order) and "Sandrevan" (named after daughters, Sandra and Eva) were publishing corporations used for copyright protection.
-- Eva Rodriguez, 1997
I had thought that it was unusual that all of the pictures on these pagesshowed it with a black background and put it down to the fact that thismust have been the South African release. I have the LP and the CDand they are both on a white background.Thanks to Ray for the scan above, added 30th March 1998.
- Ray Taylor, Australia, March 1998
Rodriguez is a well respected man in Zimbabwe! Cold fact can still found in most busy music shops in Bulawayo & Harare, even if the covers are a little tatty! In fact, in some of the really 'fancy' record bars in Harare you can even get a cd copy of "after the fact", things are really coming along, Yar mooshy man, cricket, beer and Rodriguez.
- Darrell Steyn, Zimbabwe, December 1997
Thanks to Martin from Finland
Note mispelling of "Jane S Piddy" as "Jane's Pity"... please read my theory about this...
In July 2002 Cold Fact was featured as a Buried Treasure in the August 2002 issue of Mojo.
"Cold Fact" was a stark, assertive collection of dark and intensesongs of conscience from a concerned artist with a capacity for the lyricalimagery of Bob Dylan and the Mexicali vocal inflection of José Feliciano.The songs were simple in structure but compelling in their command of streetlanguage and emotions. Whores and hovels, drugs and disillusionment, sexand sinners, all took a starring role in Rodriguez's angry ghetto soundtrack.
- Glen A Baker, Australia, 1981 (extract from the sleeve notes of the Alive album)
Summer of 1997. Unusual; I had never heard it before. Incredible; Dylanesque yet more of a soulful/fusion vibe to the sound. Eloquent, groundbreaking lyrics.
- Danielle, Canada, October 1998
The album can be described as a mixture of Folk, Blues and a bit of Funk. Kinda like if the voice and music of James Taylor had a baby with a bit of Van Morrison, just a slice of Dylanesque lyrics and a pint of George Harrison guitar from the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Album.
I definitely recommend the "Cold Fact"CD. It is the one that I have on tape and seems to me to be timeless and perfect for a Western market that is adamant about finding the next "cool"retro-something-or-other. Cold Fact delights you with his forms of blues, soul and vibe. Sweet guitars mix with a horn section and topped off with Rodriguez's sweet-sweet voice. Buy it!
- Yoni Sapir, Canada, 1998
Cold Fact - Rodriguez
a review by Andrew Bond, April 1998
edited by Brian Currin
Sugar Man, won’t you hurry, ‘cause I’m tiredof these scenes.
Dipped sweetly in the psychedelia of the sixties, this the first album from a mysteriously unknown artist, mingles simply folk guitar with astonishing lyrics about drugs, depression and inner city blues. Rodriguez’s distinct nasal voice ambles through a dozen simple tunes addressing the turbulent backdrop of America in the sixtiesand does so with such impressionable beauty that it has catapulted him into cult status in many far flung corners of the globe. Such is the demand, that both Cold Fact, and the second album Coming From Reality (re-released in 1976, in South Africa only, as After The Fact), have now been remastered on CD format, some 20 years later.
For many, this album is one magnificent trip, lost in the haze of hippiness, and indeed the album is laced with narcotic references, but as far as talent goes, Cold Fact is a remarkable album perfect for idealists and dreamers. The obsessive I wonder, perhaps the best known of the album’s tracks, is a simple tune that mirrors the type of questions you’ve always wanted to ask of certain people and never had the courage, but it is the album’s ultra-trippy opening number, SugarMan which really lends the album and air of intrigue. Others such as Crucify Your Mind, Jane S. Piddy and Forget It are both poignant and subtly beautiful.
However, it is the album as a whole, it’s poetic lyrics and the bohemian fueled mystery surrounding it that makes it so appealing to several generations, even years after the artist signed off with the words thanks for your time, then you can thank me for mine and after that’s said, forget it.
This album, in short, eventually becomes part of your lifestyle.
- Andrew Bond, April 1998
Andrew has also written a wonderful retrospective on Cold Fact especially for this website.